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​Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) and ELA Advanced Study Workshops

Covid-19 School Closure Update

Due to school closures, we have had to postpone all of our professional learning session as of March 24 of this year (see the dates below that are in red.) The ERWC Steering Committee is currently putting together an online course that will supplant our in-person workshops for 2020. This summer, the ERWC Region 9 Leads will be busy preparing new online course materials. This fall, we will use new online course materials to finish up the workshops that we had to postpone. New workshops that are led by our team will be most likely be scheduled in the Spring.

If you are a teacher who is already ERWC certified, take a fresh look at the ERWC online community! There have been several archived webinars and other resources posted specifically on teaching ERWC in a distance learning context.

Introductory ERWC Certification Workshops:

All Introductory Workshops are online. Teachers can register for any workshop in any California region here:

ERWC 3.0 Update Workshops

If you have previously been ERWC certified and are interested in taking a refresher course, please email Jennifer Upham for further information.

Information About ERWC 3.0

In June 2019, the California State University system will release the third edition of the ERWC for grades 11 and 12. Schools have several choices regarding the implementation of ERWC in school year 2019-2020: 

  • Your school may choose to offer the new edition of the course in grade 11, grade 12, or both grades. 
  • Your school may choose to continue offering the second edition of the course in grade 12 for one remaining year. 
  • Beginning fall 2020, all schools offering the ERWC in grade 12 must offer the third edition of the course. 
In total, there are 81 new and revised modules that utilize a revised ERWC Assignment Template for grades 9-12. Nineteen modules include support for integrated ELD. Five new modules can be integrated into a school's CTE Health Pathway. There are also new categories for the modules that include:  issue, foundational document, drama, full-length book, research, and concept mini-modules.

Teachers who are already ERWC certified will have access to the new 11th and 12th grade course and the new modules throughout the ERWC Online Community. Teachers who are already ERWC Certified will NOT need to attend additional professional learning to use the modules.

SDCOE will offer a two-day refresher course for ERWC Certified Teachers that will focus on deepening implementation of rhetoric and writing practices with the new modules. We will also offer a four-day Introductory Workshop for teachers who are not yet certified.  We will post the dates in April.


What is ERWC 2019 (PDF)

ERWC Certification for High School 

A four-day workshop that certifies 9-12th grade teachers to teach ERWC courses and modules. Through in-depth analysis of expository reading and writing, teachers acquire knowledge of what it means to read and write rhetorically and the ways in which this approach promotes career and college readiness. Teachers who attend all days of the professional learning receive print and digital access to ERWC curriculum for all grade levels.

Class hours are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ​each day. Full attendance of all days is required for the 20-hour ERWC certification. Please do not register unless you are able to attend all four days.

ERWC 3.0 Update Course

A two-day refresher course for teachers who are already ERWC certified who would like a more formal introduction to the new ERWC 3.0 modules and a deeper understanding of argumentation, rhetoric and writing.

About ERWC

ERWC CurriculumAs a means to increase college readiness, a CSU task force has developed the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC), a full-year college preparatory English course for high school juniors or seniors. Course assignments, organized into 14 modules and based mainly on non-fiction texts, emphasize the in-depth study of expository, analytical, and argumentative reading and writing. The University of California has approved the ERWC for area "B" credit (from the "A-G" requirements), and the course meets college preparatory requirements for both the UC and CSU systems.

The ERWC has been revised to align with the Common Core State Standards, address critical reading and writing problems identified by the CSU English Placement Test Committee, and prepare students to meet the expectations of college and university faculty. The task force has also developed additional modules, four per grade level for grades 7-11, that follow the revised ERWC assignment template and are intended to augment curriculum and expertly promote instruction with expository texts.

The Benefits of ERWC

  • Certification for teachers to be able to use the ERWC course in grades 11-12 and modules for grades 9-11 to advance EAP English Placement Test results from “conditional status” to “college-ready.”

  • UC Pre-Approved A-G Eligibility Course that schools and districts can adopt to fulfill “B” English requirement and increase rigor now for grades 11 and 12.

  • A Common Core-aligned,  research-validated curriculum and instructional model for teaching California standards with emphasis on expository reading and writing and college readiness.


Jennifer Currie Upham
ELA/Literacy Coordinator
Multilingual Education and Global Competency